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OAuth2 Flows, Security

OAuth2 Introduction Through Flow Diagrams in 5-minutes

Introduction to OAuth2 OAuth2 is a standard for streamlining the process of enabling a user to grant authorization to a web service or application to access her data or perform something on her behalf on another web service (OAuth provider). There are 4 different OAuth2 flows, and to understand which best suit your needs, refer to this. In this article, we want to create a simple introduction that enables engineers, managers, and investors to understand the high level flow of…

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OAuth2 Flows, Security

Introduction to OAuth2 Grant Types in 2-Minutes With Pictures

OAuth2 is complicated. We want to make it simple to understand and remember. After hours of cracking our heads, we carefully crafted 4 images, one for each OAuth2 grant type, and place them side-by-side, to simulate a ‘spot-the-difference’ puzzle, which makes it easy to compare them at a glance. The key to understanding each OAuth2 grant type is by observing their ratings in each of the following 3 categories, which ranges from a score of 1 (low) to 3 (high):…

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OAuth2 Flows, Security

The OAuth2 Grant Type/Flow Introduction – In Simplified Pictures

The simplified introduction and quickest reference for all 4 OAuth2 Grant Types also known as OAuth2 Flows. ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ so we carefully crafted a picture for each OAuth2 Grant Type to depict the important details, and highlight the differences between the 4 flows. For more details on choosing the correct OAuth2 Grant Type for your needs, see this. UPDATE: Based on feedback, most people have indicated that this is great as a quick reference, but…

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Choose The Right OAuth2 Flow/Grant Types For Your App

NOTE: If you are new to OAuth2 Flow/Grant Types, take a quick look at OAuth2 Grant Types in Pictures to get and idea about what they are. An OAuth2 grant type is a flow that enables a user to authorize your web service to gain access to her resource, e.g., the ability to tweet on Twitter,  in a secure manner. A grant type flow involves 2 main parts: Redirecting the user to the OAuth provider, e.g., Twitter, to get authentication…

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Security Response Plans for Startups

Some of you may remember 2017’s WannaCry and NotPetya cyber attacks. I was working with one of WPP’s many subsidiary companies at the time. All employees were barred from using their computers for over 48 hours. Now, imagine you are a startup who gets hit by any kind of cyber attack or security breach. WPP had teams of people ready to address issues like these, yet WPP still ended up suffering major productivity and financial losses. Security is important, however,…

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